THAILAND’s acting prime minister, Mr Prayut Chan-o-Cha, will officially open the 30.4km Yellow Line in Bangkok on June 19, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The Yellow Line is Thailand’s first staddle beam monorail and runs from Lat Phrao to Samrong, serving a total of 23 stations.

The section between Hua Mak and Samrong, serving 13 stations, has been in service since the soft opening of the Yellow Line on June 3, with passengers enjoying free travel until July 3.

According to Mr Pichet Kunadhamraks, director general of the Department of Rail Transport (DRT), a total of 38,521 passengers used the Yellow Line on June 3 and 36,879 on June 4.

The official opening will follow completion of work at Lat Phrao station, and assessment of the trial runs conducted during the soft opening phase.

From June 12, operating hours will be extended from between 09.00 and 20.00 at present, with trains running from 06.00 to 21.00.

End-to-end journey time on the full Yellow Line will be 30 minutes. Services are operated with four-car trains with a maximum speed of 80km/h.

Each train can carry 568 passengers, giving the Yellow Line capacity to carry up to 17,000 passengers per hour, according to Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTSC).

The Yellow Line provides interchange with the Green Line elevated metro at Samrong, with the Airport Rail Link at Hua Mak and the Blue Line underground at Lat Phrao. It will also have an interchange with the under-construction Orange Line at Yaek Lam Sali.

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